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Date: 09 September 2019 by Max Robinson

Dream of a pay rise

We’re moving into pay rise territory for next year. If you feel under-paid, then you should seek a pay increase. It means negotiating with your manager. There are wrong ways and better ways to ask for a pay rise. Are you nervous asking for a pay rise?

Date: 02 September 2019 by Max Robinson

Think veganism

This isn’t a fad, as veganism is gaining a strong following. You may have been one of the 300,000 who took part in Veganuary (eat vegan in January). Major supermarkets are catching on and stocking up on vegan-friendly food. Are you thinking about following veganism in your diet?

Date: 26 August 2019 by Max Robinson

A difficult co-worker

It’s inevitable that in your long working life, you’ll come across challenging co-workers. The first instinct is to make an emotional defence against the challenge. However, it’s important to avoid acting on your emotions, instead face the co-worker challenges with logic. Have you experienced a tricky colleague at work?

Date: 19 August 2019 by Max Robinson

Dad’s the word

When dads take time-off work to help their partner with the caring for a new born baby, it has a positive impact on the family, including the children. Estimates suggest that in 2016 around 215,000 dads claimed paternity pay and around 6,000 employees shared parental leave. Would expect your partner to take paternity leave?

Date: 12 August 2019 by max robinson

Camping adventure or OMG

My first experience of camping in a tent, was 46 consecutive nights on a French cycle trip following my degree. Over the years, I have camped many times in France. If you’re anti-camping, then you won’t see a relaxing family holiday, but rather running a home in a tent. Are you inside or outside the tent when it comes to a family camping holiday?

Date: 05 August 2019 by Max Robinson

Holiday time is good time

I like to a holiday with its many advantages, including time away from work. Some experts reckon that a third of workers do not take their full holiday entitlement. Reasons given are heavy workloads, tight deadlines, job insecurity, diary clashes and anxiety about taking time off. Do you feel guilty about leaving colleagues working while you’re holidaying?

Date: 29 July 2019 by Max Robinson

It’s cool to write computer code

Brilliant news that Alan Turing has made it to the £50 note. It’s easy see writing computer code as being an IT geek. Think again, as learning to code at school will help children with other skills such as organisation, problem solving & confidence. Support your child to see computer science as a positive experience.

Date: 22 July 2019 by Max Robinson

Juggling holiday childcare

Last week my sister was explaining how she and her husband were dividing up the childcare in the school holidays, where each would work from home on different days, as well as using school holiday clubs and friends. The number of working mums with dependent children has surged to 4.9 million. Do you juggle childcare in the school holidays?

Date: 15 July 2019 by Max Robinson

You’re dismissed from work: made redundant

Last week the news channels were showing employees walking from UK buildings, clutching boxes. This means that they were dismissed, most likely due to non-renewing a fixed-term contract or being made redundant. In my 30-year career, I have been made redundant twice, each time I was in a steady job and then shown the door by my employer. If you have been made redundant, how did you cope?

Date: 08 July 2019 by Max Robinson

Coping with a shy child

I was a shy child. My mother was a shy adult, and I always wondered whether her shyness rubbed-off on me. No one can pinpoint what causes shyness. It may be an inherited behaviour or maybe shaped by family relationships. Do you have a shy child?

Date: 01 July 2019 by Max Robinson

Mind the gap (year)

The A-levels exams are over and it’s time to look to further education. When I began my degree, the number of students taking gap-years was relatively small. Today, many A-level students want to escape the classroom before university and recharge their batteries using a gap-year. Would you support your child taking a gap-year?

Date: 24 June 2019 by Max Robinson

Age old decision – children attending a rock festival

It’s a post-GCSE ritual for thousands of 16-year-olds; a rite of passage for any young adult before going into the sixth form. For most parents the thought of their teenager being away for 72 hours at a music festival is a major decision. Would you let your teenage children attend a music festival?

Date: 17 June 2019 by Max Robinson

The joys of a staycation

Last year’s summer kept on giving us beautiful sunny days. The perfect reason for having a staycation. Tourism experts estimated holidaying in the UK last year pumped about £31bn into the economy. Are you planning a staycation this year?

Date: 10 June 2019 by max robinson

Drive an electric car for zero emissions

I’m intrigued by electric cars, as the sales in the UK remains relatively small, but the selection of new electric cars is growing fast. Car manufacturers are embracing the new technology, delivering models with longer ranges, faster charging times and lower prices. Should you consider electric driving?

Date: 03 June 2019 by Max Robinson

Working a 4-day week is the norm

I began my career working a 5-day week but expect to end it working a work 4-day week (being self-employed). Recently, a UK call centre is moving from a 37.5-hour week to a 30-hour week; it will need a 20% increase in productivity to maintain business performance. Bosses believe greater use of data analytics and the web means fewer calls. Would you like to work a 4-day week for the same pay?

Date: 27 May 2019 by Max Robinson

The scent of pet insurance

I’m not keen on dogs, but I love cats, having grown up with them. However, the UK’s most popular pet is a dog, with 26% people owning one. Pet owners claim that having a pet makes them feel happy and improves their quality of life. If you are a pet owner, do you buy pet insurance?

Date: 20 May 2019 by Max Robinson

Young Person Suicide (warning: a tough read)

Mental health is not something that I shy away from. My mother committed suicide and although I don’t suffer from mental health issues, I have seen family members struggle. If you notice signs or feel that a young person is at risk of suicide, intervening can save a life.

Date: 10 May 2019 by Max Robinson

Saving to the max

I am in my mid 50’s and looking to retire in my 60’s, but if had become an extreme-saver in my 20’s, then I would expect to retire in my early 40’s. This is what the FIRE movement, (Financial Independence Retire Early) aim to do. FIRE breaks the old rule of working for many decades before retiring at 68. Do you want to be part of FIRE movement?

Date: 06 May 2019 by Max Robinson

Exam heaven or hell

We are in the GCSE exam season; the trick to exam success is to revise and be prepared as you walk into the examination room. While studying for my professional insurance exams, I was working full-time and revising before starting work and at the weekends; it was challenging. Do you have children revising for exams?

Date: 29 April 2019 by Max Robinson

Carry on homework

When it came to homework, I was a self-starter. I did ask for help from my parents when needed. Many parents encourage their kids to do their homework, knowing that they took their homework seriously. Do you reinforce the message that homework is a priority for success at school?